1. Miu Miu
Not many know that Miuccia Prada conceived the name Miu Miu from the family’s nickname. While Prada offered minimalistic, elegant, and sophisticated designs to their customers, Miu Miu fell on the other side of the spectrum. Miu Miu’s take on fashion was rather rebellious, loud, and eclectic, something that people immediately fell in love with. The brand conceived the concepts of couture, luxury, and feminism, which were anything but mainstream back then. Its strategy, collections, photographs, etc. were bold, staying true to its motto. The shoes from this brand continue to fascinate women to this day.
2. Christian Louboutin
You will recognize a ‘Louboutin’ when you see one. The fascinating part of Louboutin’s story is that he stumbled upon designing shoes by accident. He was expelled from school, and ended up taking up several jobs. He started working as a freelancer shoe designer in the early 80s. After a few years, he started his label. He chanced upon the idea of the revolutionary red soles after seeing his assistant paint her nails red. The shoes soon started gaining popularity. Some of them had dangerously high heels. Even with all the counterfeit issues and the legal battle with YVS over the red soles, Louboutin remains one of the most expensive shoe brands all over the world.
3. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik is often referred to as the holy man of heels. He firmly believes in the power of heels and hand-makes them with the same level of passion. His designs are authentic, customized, and not mass-produced. When he met Diana Vreeland (in 1968), who was Vogue’s editor-in-chief, he set off on his shoe-making journey. He presented his first shoe collection in 1971, and hasn’t looked back since. His creations have been flaunted on red carpets, movies, and TV shows, and by the biggest names in Hollywood – Manolo Blahnik is the real deal!
4. Jimmy Choo
From Princess Diana to Carrie Bradshaw, Jimmy Choo has the most loyal and elite customer base in comparison to the other brands. Jimmy Choo was started by Choo Yeang Keat, a Malaysian designer who hails from a family of shoe designers, but none of them took off at this level. He began by designing custom-made shoes, an idea that spread like wildfire. He became ‘the’ designer in a jiffy. From sneakers to pumps, Jimmy Choo has an eye for detail that no one else seems to offer and that’s why his work continues to be a fascination for people of all classes.
5. Walter Steiger
Walter Steiger was a Geneva-based designer who started his brand in 1932 and made shoes with unique materials, creating off-beat designs even for that era. His elder son Walter Steiger Jr took inspiration from his father and took over the family business. Walter Steiger(Jr) opened a boutique in Paris in 1974, which gained massive popularity. He went on to start stores in Milan, London, New York, etc. With traditional craftsmanship, unique techniques, and high-quality materials, Walter Steiger remains at the top in the made-to-measure luxury footwear sector for both men and women.